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Grant Buckler @grantbuckler
Published: July 22nd, 2011

Five years ago Scott and Jamie Burton started Dolphin Digital Technologies with an unusual philosophy. The Kitchener, Ont., company aims to employ people with disabilities.

By doing so, the Burtons have built a successful technology support service.

“These are the best employees we could hope to have,” says Jamie Burton, Dolphin’s director of business development.

There’s a common perception that businesses sometimes hesitate to hire employees with disabilities, fearing that accommodating their needs will be difficult or expensive. Not necessarily.

TD Bank Financial Group has two assistive technology labs – in Toronto and London, Ont. – that assess assistive technologies and help match employees with hardware and software to help them do their jobs. In four years, says Philip Faubert, senior manager of assistive technologies, the labs have helped 600 employees.

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